New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 3 – 9. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Cheri Baker explains why most of her consulting customers are social enterprises (and why that’s really cool).
- Linky van der Merwe examines PMI’s recent survey on the global growth of project management to understand what it means to us practitioners.
- Peter Taylor expands on a statement by J. LeRoy Ward regarding the ever-evolving practice of project management.
- Susanne Madsen exhorts us to become project champions.
- Steven Levy follows up on his series on risk management, with recommendations on how to apply the principles he described to a legal practice.
- Andy Jordan continues his series on managing risks across the organization, through collaboration and common processes.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman takes the point of view of the people who pay for a software development project to explain why estimates are needed.
- Henny Portman summarizes the Management of Value approach.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Ann Pilkington’s new book, “Communicating Projects.”
- Dave Wakeman tells why integrity, adaptability, and judgment are absolutely required by all project managers.
- Martin Webster tells us how to create a shared vision across the project team.
- Allen Ruddock explores a tough scenario on managing up.
- Michael Nir exposes the basics of stakeholder management, as told in a children’s book.
- Brett Beaubouef shares a technique for conducting an organizations fit/gap.
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff collects twelve suggestions from data management and disaster recovery experts on how to design for data survival.
- Shim Marom describes the Cynefin model for problem domains, and finds a domain where #NoEstimates actually seems appropriate.
- John Goodpasture considers alternatives to complexity.
- Kailash Awati tells the fable of an architect and the conscience he argues with, to tell why you can’t just gather your requirements at headquarters.
- Matthew Squair explores the evolution of initial designs, from obvious to plainly unworkable.
- Kelsey van Haaster unpacks her thoughts about whether making an exception to the team’s Scrum timeline is Agile.
- Soma Bhattacharya asks whether managers are a benefit or a hindrance to Agile, and explains why a Scrum Master should not be a decision maker.
- Francesco Attanasio describes what he calls “Scrum Master 2.0.”
- Adam Zuzanski explores different ways to present information as a burn-down chart.
Podcasts and Videos
- Mark Phillipy hosts a Google Hangout to follow up on the second PM FlashBlog, Project Management Around the World. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares a recent TED talk by Rosalinde Torres on the three questions that great leaders contemplate in the 21st century. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – March 2. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Steven Levy continues his series on risk management with part 3. Links to the other articles in the series are on the top of each page. Highly recommended.
- John Goodpasture explores the impact complexity has on cost and risk.
- Geoff Crane defends his personal obsession with identifying project risks.
- Elizabeth Harrin answers some questions on risk and issue reporting from one of her students.
- Christian Bisson notes that risks aren’t always negatives. Sometimes, you can just have too much of a good thing.
PM Best Practices
- Shim Marom summarizes the arguments surrounding the #NoEstimates debate as a series of questions.
- Glen Alleman addresses each of Shim’s questions on #NoEstimates.
- Michael O’Brochta makes the case for establishing ethical standards and conducting ethics training, in support of ethical behavior.
- Michelle Stronach recaps the current state of virtual training, from development of the materials to considerations for the learner.
- Martin Webster covers coaching – why, how, and what questions to ask.
- Alina Vrabie looks at the logistics of team collaboration – specifically, scheduling time for it.
- Andy Jordan reflects on his experience remotely managing teams to identify lessons learned in maintaining project communication.
- Anya Faingersh wonders whether management academic studies are relevant to the way we actually manage, and vice-versa.
- Jonathan Shaw has written a long article that illustrates why Big Data is a Big Deal. Highly recommended, but find a comfortable chair.
- David Hillson summarizes the Five Capitals of Sustainability, as first described by the Forum for the Future in 2007.
- Toby Elwin skewers the capability model as a substitute for competence.
- Pawel Brodzinski explains why Kaizen boards, which track ideas for improvement and encourage team participation, usually don’t work.
- Buddle Findlay tackles the procurement elephant in the room: making software development contracts Agile.
- Peter Saddington gives us his thoughts on SAFe, the Structured Agile Framework, after attending the training.
- Mike Cohn explains why the product owner has to make the call to abnormally terminate a sprint and start a new one.
- Bart Gerardi offers some ideas on how to get the most out of your daily standup. For starters, don’t make it into a status meeting.
- Rob Galanakis tells us why Scrum and XP fit so well together.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen on how to become a more effective leader. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bryan Barrow on his approach to project planning meetings, using index cards pre-printed with standard deliverables. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy interviews Carl Pritchard on his approach to risk management. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Dr. Harold Kerzner describes PM 2.0 as a replacement for the traditional approach to project management. Meaning, the stuff he’s been writing about for 35 years.
- Mike Griffiths examines the prospect that virtual teams may be the next revolution in work, by reviewing past revolutions and evolutions.
- Andrea Brockmeir, Vicki James, Elizabeth Larson, and Richard Larson report on the trends that will affect project managers and business analysts in 2014.
- Elizabeth Harrin notes four ways in which project management (and work!) has changed significantly in the last ten years.
- Saritha Rai reports on India’s $75 million Mars orbiter mission. The U.S.A. can’t make a movie about going into space that cheaply!
PM Best Practices
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff shares her tips for setting and managing expectations on IT projects.
- Martin Webster explains how to get your team to the high-performing level. It starts with loyalty.
- Patti Gilchrist addresses team building when your team is geographically distributed.
- Steven Levy begins a series on calculating risk. Here’s part two.
- Geoff Crane demonstrates how to put together a work breakdown structure, using “Saving Private Ryan: The Musical” as an example.
- John Goodpasture warns that the excitability arising from our calculations should reflect the relative precision of our estimates.
- John Reiling offers several key factors to consider during the buy-or-build analysis, when outsourcing is under consideration.
- Marian Haus identifies several potential constraints on the project schedule, and how to address them.
- Glen Alleman links systems thinking to assessing costs and determining what a project is worth.
- Michel Dion looks at the governance differences between project-oriented organizations and those where projects run in parallel with routine operations.
- Mario Trentim continues his series on implementing a PMO.
- Ashley Smith reports on a survey that found corporate counsel and compliance experts expect the growth of data protection laws to impact their global businesses.
- Gil Broza lists his recommendations for preparing your organization to actually be Agile, rather than simply do Agile.
- Shim Marom reviews a paper by Terry McKenna and Jon Whitty, on why Agile methods are not new, and why Agile is not going to be the last word.
- Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the cost of delay, parts five and six.
- Mike Cohn offers some examples of user stories for back-end systems, meaning those without human users.
- Ritesh Gupta and Sharon Sharma tell how a Scrum team can address discovered value, meaning the requirements “discovered” as development progresses.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Stephen Weber from Less Meeting, who tells how to reduce the amount of time we spend on unproductive meetings. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Agile coach and author Kamal Mangani on transforming large organizations that struggle to use Agile methods. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.